Borna Coric beat Stefanos Tsitsipas in the fi al of the ATP Masters 1000 in Cincinnati. The Greek tennis player had to fight to win his semifinal against the world number one, Daniil Medvedev, playing everything in the decisive third: the double fouls in the break game by the Russian gave a big hand to the winner of the match.
The Croatian, on the other hand, continues his story in the US: the penultimate victim was Cameron Norrie, with a victory in two sets. Cincinnati will be the fourth final of 2022 that did not involve any member of the Big 3 and, further expanding the horizon, of the Fab 4.
There are two exceptions this season: in Indian Wells, Taylor Fritz won in the last act against Rafael Nadal. At the Internationals of Italy, however, it was Novak Djokovic who triumphed against Stefanos Tsitsipas, in the third final of a 1000 tournament this year.
Starting from 2005, there are five, instead, the Cincinnati finals that do not see Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer and Andy Murray as protagonists.
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The one between Tsitsipas and Coric, in fact, is the fifth final in which the Big 3 have been present since 2005.
The first was in 2006, when the American Andy Roddick triumphed against the Spaniard Juan Carlos Ferrer. For the second, it was necessary to wait eleven years: in 2017, Grigor Dimitrov won in the final against Nick Kyrgios.
Two years later, with an interlude in a final between Djokovic and Federer, the reply came: Daniil Medvedev's victory against David Goffin. To close the back-to-back: in 2021, the two finalists were Alexander Zverev and Andrey Rublev; this season, it's Stefanos Tsitsipas and Borna Coric's turn.
From the point of view of the Fab Four, Roger Federer has the most triumphs in Cincinnati: seven wins out of eight finals played. Two titles for both Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic, but the Serbian has played a greater number of finals: five finals lost for the Belgrade tennis player, while only one lost by the British, in 2016. For Rafael Nadal, however, only one final and only one victory: in 2013, beating John Isner in the final.